This was a new course for
2004 and is positioned between Level 2 and
Course. The course is aimed at those power
boaters who wish to expand their cruising
horizons by undertaking short coastal passages
and who want to be better equipped to plan
and execute them.
Fundamentally the course breaks down into two areas: Planning a passage paying
due regard to all of the factors that need to be considered followed by the execution
of the passage.
We will start by looking at many of the subjects you covered in Level 2 like
navigation, compass bearings, speed & distance, charts and chart symbols,
the use of GPS, meteorology, tides and tidal streams and so on. We will take
these onto the next level and pull them all together to plan a passage. Whilst
this will take a reasonable percentage of the day we will make sure we get out
on the water too and practice some skills in the boats we will be using for the
We will start promptly on day two and get
on our way executing the passage we have
planned on day one. The passages we have
planned will marry electronic and traditional
navigation to show how what many see as two
methodologies can actually be one. Whilst
out we will look at other aspects of boat
handling including rough water handling and
man overboard recovery.
Under the Maritime & Coastguard Agency
(‘MCA’) rules Powerboat schools
are typically only able to operate up to
3 miles from what is known as their “Nominated
Point of Departure”. Conditions, weather
and boat allowing we try to run our Intermediate
Course passages between the mouth of the
Humber Estuary and The Humber Bridge.